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Australia invests in Growler, Super Hornet combat training capability

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Royal Australian Air Force file photo of a Growler conducting air-to-air formation flying off the coast of South East Queensland.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is upgrading and extending air combat training support for its fleets of F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fighter jets.

Director General Aerospace Combat Systems, Air Commodore Leanne Lee, said the defense ministry has signed a new A$109.7 million training services contract for the aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, with Raytheon Australia.

“This initial five-year $109.7 million contract will deliver ground-based simulator training support including maintenance and engineering as well as aircrew training services such as instruction, courseware development and force generation tasks,” Air Commodore Lee said.

“This new electronic attack air combat training support contract will ensure our RAAF personnel retain their edge through high-quality F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler training.”

The new contract will employ up to 49 personnel from Raytheon Australia and an Australian subcontractor, Milskil. The majority of the training services will be delivered from RAAF Base Amberley, the defense ministry said.

The EA-18G Growler is an electronic attack aircraft capable of disrupting, deceiving and denying a broad range of military electronic systems, including radars and communications.

The F/A-18F Super Hornet has been in-service for more than a decade and is a key air combat capability.